Why being part of a real community is key for our mental health?

This year 2020 has been a critical one in most people's lives. And It also has posed a challenge for many people's mental health. Covid-19 has brought a huge amount of uncertainty for the future of jobs, travel, and global economic outlook. This increased volatility and uncertainty have caused a rise in anxiety and stress for most people in the world. And it's proven that gradual increments in anxiety and stress can cause depression and mental health issues.

Now, in this post, I want to explain why starting or joining a local community in your city is now more important and critical than ever. I have started many communities, but the most prevalent ones are GST (global tech community in 35+ different countries and 8000+ members), and language communities. Tbilisi Polyglots being the biggest (300+ members). So these are some of the things that I have learned by building communities and I want o make the point that communities are fundamental for our well-being. Not only regarding our mental health but also our economic, learning, and growth opportunities.

Here are 5 things to consider about communities:

1. Groups are the driving force of human evolution

2. Group connections bring a sense of flow and calmness.

3. Learning is augmented with group work

4. Groups provide the so-called “weak and strong ties”

5. Communities provide a rich diversity

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Adrian Avendano

Adrian Avendano

Founder GlobalSouthTech. A community with the goal to connect the US and European tech ecosystems w/ Latam, Africa, MENA, China and SEA. http://bit.ly/2zab3jk